What To Do After A Semi Truck Accident

September 7th

What To Do After A Semi Truck Accident

Accidents are always scary, but a semi truck accident is particularly frightening because of the sheer size and power of vehicles involved. Plus, with a semi truck, it is likely that there is going to be a larger company or organization to deal with (instead of just with another driver, as is the case in personal vehicle accidents), which presents a host of new challenges. 

If you or someone you know has been involved in a semi truck accident in Nevada, use these guidelines to help you stay safe and take appropriate legal action.

What To Do After An Accident With A Semi Truck

After an accident is not the best time to make informed decisions – read through this list of steps to follow after getting into a semi truck accident so you’ll know exactly what to do should the situation ever arise. Note that getting into an accident with a commercial semi truck is not the same as getting into an accident with a personal vehicle since with a semi truck, you may have to deal with the truck’s company (not just the driver as an individual).. 

1. Get to Safety

First thing’s first – prioritize your own safety. Most semi truck accidents happen on a highway or high speed transportation road, so if possible, move your vehicle to a safe location nearby. But – do not leave the scene. If the vehicle can’t be moved, try to move yourself (and any other persons involved) to a safe area protected from other vehicles in motion if possible.  

2. Call 911

If the accident is severe, or if there are noticeable injuries that need treatment, call 911. If you are not sure whether or not to call 911, err on the side of caution and call. Especially with accidents that involve semi trucks, police intervention will be required. 

3. Take Photos of Accident Scene

Just the same as with a personal vehicle accident, use your phone and take pictures of the scene of the accident, as well as your vehicle and the vehicle that hit you. Be sure to get pictures of license plates, too. Taking too many pictures is not possible in this case – more is always better. 

4. Collect Driver’s Information

A necessary but potentially difficult step is getting the other driver’s information. Be sure to communicate with the other driver and get the following information from them:

  • Name, address and phone number
  • License plate and company name if commercial vehicle
  • Insurance company contact information and policy number

If for whatever reason, the driver is unable or unwilling to provide this information, wait for the emergency team or the police to arrive and ask for their help. 

5. Seek Medical Attention After Accident

If your injuries (or other involved parties’ injuries) are serious, seek treatment as soon as possible. If you don’t have any noticeable injuries from the accident, be sure to pay close attention to your body and behavior over the next few days. It’s very possible that injuries may start to present themselves days following the accident. Some of the injuries that you should be especially wary for are: 

  • Concussion
  • Whiplash
  • Internal Organ Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • PTSD
  • Brain injuries (which can take much longer to present themselves – read more here)

When in doubt, visit an urgent care facility or schedule an appointment with your medical provider as soon as possible after the accident (or if you start to notice unusual symptoms).

6. Seek Legal Representation

After you’ve taken the above steps, it’s time to seek legal representation. Be sure to do this before going to an insurance company – as helpful as insurance companies can be, seeking a lawyer first after a semi truck accident can be more helpful. If you are in need of legal representation after a semi truck accident in the Las Vegas or greater Henderson area, contact us  to schedule a free consultation today. 

What Not To Do After a Truck Accident

In addition to taking specific steps in the wake of a commercial truck accident, there are also specific things you should be sure NOT to do. Avoid taking the following actions after a semi truck accident: 

  • Leave the accident scene – Never leave the scene of the accident until you are dismissed by authorities. 
  • Forget to call 911 – When in doubt, call 911 and then can help intervene after a semi truck accident. Most semi truck accidents will require police involvement. 
  • Lose your composure – Accidents naturally create tense and emotionally charged environments. Do your best to “keep your cool” and stay calm after an accident.
  • Admit you are at fault – Never admit fault for an accident (even if you believe that to be the case). Nothing can be gained by sharing this information, so keep it to yourself until you have a lawyer to speak with. 
  • Forget to document other car or get information – Pictures are your best friend after an accident. Pictures of anything you can document, but especially the other car’s license plate. 
  • Speak to opposing insurance company without an attorney – You should never have to speak to the other party’s insurance company. That’s what either your own insurance company, or your lawyer is for. 
  • File a lawsuit without a lawyer – This can set you up for more harm than good. If you are at all considering filing a lawsuit, be sure to enlist legal support before doing so.

For more information on “what not to do” after a semi truck accident, review this article. 

Ruiz Law Firm Will Fight For You In Your Truck Accident Case!

Taking legal action after a semi truck action can be a lot less overwhelming with the help of the right legal support. Visit our truck accident practice page for more information about taking legal action after a commercial truck accident, or to contact us page to set up an appointment. At Ruiz Law you don’t pay unless we win.


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*The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.

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